There have been rumors of selling off the Creamery ice cream stores for a few years. We were even thinking they might close down. It is now official that the chain will be put up for auction starting at $2,500,000 for every store as a package. However, individual store sales will be considered.
When we moved to the Homer Glen/Orland Park area we were excited to hear that we only had to drive a few minutes to get Rainbow cones. We didn't have to drive all the way to Western Ave. in Chicago to get them.
A rainbow cone has a combination of (from the bottom up) chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (named after The Palmer House in Chicago & is New York cherry with walnuts), pistachio and topped off with orange sherbet. They don't scoop it but use a flat paddle to create the layers. Most people get an actual rainbow cone but I always get my ice cream in a cup. That's my order in the photo below.
I'm not a lover of ice cream cakes, but the rainbow cakes are delicious and I purchased one for someone's birthday in the family. I've always been confused about the two names on the building in Homer Glen. The Creamery represents the ice cream products and The Iron Horse is for the fast food, but there is one building, one "kitchen" & one dining area inside. I'm not sure why they felt the need for two names.
About The Creamery Chain
The Creamery began in 1981 in the historic area of Frankfort. They expanded to Homer Glen, Manhattan, Manteno, Mokena, New Lenox and Orland Hills. Each Creamery offers more than just ice cream, shakes and other frozen concoctions. They also offer other fast food options like hot dogs, burgers, other sandwiches including Sloppy Joes (at Homer Glen at least) fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, etc.
You can dine inside or out on the patio when the weather is nice. You can place your order either inside or outside, at least in the Homer Glen facility. I'm not sure if they all have drive-throughs, but some do.
On the Auction Block
The current owners decided that an auction was the way to go, allowing the bidders to set the value. Auctions can bring all interested parties together at the same time and that can cause urgency. This will be a live auction that will be held on April 7th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton in Alsip.
Bidders must pay a fee to join the auction and need to be pre-qualified and ready to buy if they win the auction. I'll be waiting for the outcome as we visit the Homer Glen facility and hope it remains open and is run the same way it is now.
When I wrote a recent article about The Willis Tower being up for sale, my friends made comments about the new name being The Orr Tower. Nah! But I wouldn't mind owning a Creamery! Unfortunately, it would be dangerous to my waist, so I'll pass. I'm just hoping they will be sold and remain open.